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Meteor explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

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  • A meteor contrail is seen Friday over Chelyabinsk, Russia. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring nearly 1,000 people, including many hurt by broken glass.

      A meteor contrail is seen Friday over Chelyabinsk, Russia. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring nearly 1,000 people, including many hurt by broken glass.
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  • A circular hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake where a meteor fragment reportedly struck the lake near Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

      A circular hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake where a meteor fragment reportedly struck the lake near Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.
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  • Cars pass by a zinc factory building with it's roof collapsed in Chelyabinsk. There was no immediate clarification of whether the collapse was caused by meteor fragments or by a shock wave from one of the explosions. A meteor that scientists estimate weighed 10 tons streaked at supersonic speed over Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday, setting off blasts that injured some 500 people and frightened countless more.

      Cars pass by a zinc factory building with it's roof collapsed in Chelyabinsk. There was no immediate clarification of whether the collapse was caused by meteor fragments or by a shock wave from one of the explosions. A meteor that scientists estimate weighed 10 tons streaked at supersonic speed over Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday, setting off blasts that injured some 500 people and frightened countless more.
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  • A local resident repairs a window broken by a shock wave from a meteor explosion in Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

      A local resident repairs a window broken by a shock wave from a meteor explosion in Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
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A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over russia's ural mountains with the power of an atomic bomb friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people. many of the injured were cut by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what the source was for such an intense flash of light. the meteor -- estimated to be about 10 tons -- entered the earth's atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph and shattered into pieces about 18-32 miles above the ground.

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